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286.6 sec. 001 - Race, Sexuality and the Law (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Russell Robinson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 17, 2020
To November 23, 2020

Course Start: August 17, 2020
Course End: November 23, 2020
Class Number: 32759

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course will examine the ways in which race and sexuality intertwine to shape the law, public discourse and society. We will approach these issues by applying intersectionality, which teaches that identities such as race, gender, and sexual orientation overlap to create distinct experiences and forms of discrimination. Relatedly, we will study issues of intragroup discrimination and examine the capacity of any one social movement (based on race, gender/gender identity, or sexual orientation) to represent all people who share a trait. We will approach these provocative issues from a comparative perspective; for instance, we will compare the stereotyping of black male sexuality and Asian male sexuality. Pedagogical methods will include not just reading cases and legal scholarship but analyzing literary texts, viewing and critiquing film and television and discussing issues with various guest speakers. Questions we will study include the following: How do the media represent the sexualities and identities of people of color, and of LGBTQ people of color? To what extent do interracial couplings reduce or reflect racial stereotypes? How can law be reformed to recognize distinct forms of intersectional discrimination?

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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